The moist air spreads across the vast terrains of Hebron. Step by step, the soldier strolls into the abyss. Questions scamper to his head. Why has he exposed his tender, 18 year old life to this unrelenting war zone? His mind remains as empty as the desolate Arabian landscape. However, this forces him to concentrate while not losing his way in the dehydrating heat of the desert land. His attention turns to the screams. These are the screams of his fellow soldier. These are the screams for mercy. His blood goes cold amongst the rising heat. The soldier rushes to the scene of bloodshed, where he is welcomed by the sight of a Palestinian man brutally stabbing the helpless protector. A decision needs to be made. Time ticks. Tick. Tick. Tick. Click. Clack. The Palestinian man drops slowly while the soldier sprints to his injured compatriot. This soldier now knows why he puts his life on the line as the line has now been drawn.When Theodor Herzl wondered of a free, Zionistic land of Israel, he would have never hoped for the need of such inhumanity to turn his dream into a reality. When David Ben Gurion fought for peace between the conflicting beliefs of Judaism and Islam, he would have never imagined that his efforts would be ignored. After nearly 70 years of costly tension between two peace embracing religions, how are there still countless violent incidents associated with this conflict? It is time to put this to an end, yet many cannot remove their blood-ridden glasses that causes them to continually seek for revenge and what they believe is justice. I believe that we should first delve into key points that have led to this brutal attitude.When analysing the Torah of Judaism and the Quran of Islam, there is no indication of a need for hatred or war between the two religions. In fact, both the Quran and the Torah state that the sole method of discovering true peace is by finding peace with others. The problem lies in the impurity of human nature. We, as human beings, are constantly holding grudges. However, we are logical enough to know that we cannot act on our hatred without any justification of our thoughts. Only once we have uncovered a universally accepted truth can our prejudices against others be explained. Sadly, many of us have realised that our most holy books can be used in carrying out our most evil intentions. We have begun to manipulate sources from the Quran and the Torah in order to justify our unjust opinions. I cannot find reason in why someone would be so unethical and disrespectful to one’s religion in order to torment another. Although, where there are two beliefs, there are always two perspectives.The moist air infiltrates the nostrils of the passing residents. One man embraces the beauty of the colourful markets, yet his vision is obscured by the merciless soldiers that restrict his streets. Their doubtful eyes observe his every move as he purchases bread for his beloved family. He is halted by a soldier half his age yet with double the superiority. Accusations are pummelled at the innocent man, his guilt as empty as the desolate Arabian landscape. The soldier pushes him down onto the dusty road. No man deserves this treatment. The Palestinian man reveals his rusted knife, a cherished gift from his late father. The screams of the soldier cry out. Time ticks. Tick. Tick. Tick. Click. Clack. The skin of the Palestinian man goes cold amongst the rising heat. He falls slowly while his life sprints before him.This story poses many questions about the severity of hatred between these two religions. I am obliged to ask myself why the soldier was swift to pull the trigger of his powerful weapon, or why the Palestinian man’s instinct was to counter with relentless violence? These arguments have allowed me to realise that there is something we have not yet acknowledged. This story goes further than two men in the streets of Hebron. This story goes as far as the Palestinian bomb that took not only the houses of the cousins of the Israeli soldier, but also their lives. This story goes as far as the sons of the Palestinian man that were executed by Jewish soldiers after being considered ‘potential threats’. The tension between these two nations has shockingly become more significant than the purist of lives involved in this war. This conflict between two passionate nations needs to end. We need to put down the weapons and pick up the shattered pieces. We need to build everlasting relations without allowing geographical borders to get in the way. We need to rebel against political leaders and start leading the charge ourselves. We need to use the power of our voices instead of the power of our bombs. We need to realise that ‘Shalom Alechem’ and ‘Salam Alekum’ translate to the same message: may peace be unto you, may peace be unto our world.

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